Owner’s Flashy Swimmer – Fished It?

A while back I put up a review of Shimano’s Maki Rubber bladed swim jig. I freakin’ love that thing, but they’re about as hard to come by as a picture of KVD fishing a wacky worm.

Ever since I was introduced to the Maki Rubber I’ve been on a quest to do three things:

1.) Find a way to purchase more Makis
2.) Figure out how to make my own
3.) Find a replacement bait or something that comes close

I’ve completely struck out on objectives 1 and 2, but I may have made some headway on number 3, today. I was on looking for some Owner twistlock flippin’ hooks (bad@$$ hooks, by the way) and I noticed a fancy little rig, also made by Owner, called a Flashy Swimmer.

The Flashy Swimmer is basically a weighted swimbait hook with the added pizazz of a free-swinging spinner blade arm on the underside of the head. I’m thinking I could add a punch skirt to this thing and just might be able to pull off a Maki look-alike. Granted, it won’t have the same exact action as the Maki, but with the right swimbait, I think it has promise.

I’m about to order a few and after I fish with them for a while I’ll put up a review. Has anybody out there fished with the Flashy Swimmer? I’d love to hear your impressions.



  1. Alex

    March 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Shimano also makes a finesse version of the original in 3.5g and 5g (~1/8oz and .175oz, respectively).

  2. MSPbass

    March 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I am so looking forward to this review.

  3. 3Times

    March 30, 2011 at 11:40 am

    You may have luck catching the bass fish with these in bass rich dams.

  4. Sol

    September 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I just discovered these a few days ago. Caught two 17″ Flounder and a 22″ Redfish with them paired with a Gulp! Ghost Shrimp in the New Penny color on a brackish tributary of the St. Johns river in Jacksonville, FL. Haven’t used them for freshwater.

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